Historically, drug laws and their enforcement have resulted in multiple forms of human rights abuses. It is becoming increasingly clear that the human rights obligations to which countries have signed up must be applied in the area of drug policy, and the principles of health and human rights fully integrated into the international drug control system.
In this edition, the authors address specific human rights issues such as the right to the highest attainable standard of health and indigenous rights, and how drug control laws affect the protection and fulfillment of these rights.
In Asia, drug policies are used to erode human rights and silence dissenting voices. This adversarial relationship between the state and its citizens displaces the state's responsibility to protect its population.
Duterte has explicitly approved violence that has led to thousands of extrajudicial executions, in the name of an anti-drug campaign. The number of deaths now exceeds those under the murderous rule of Ferdinand Marcos.